Rebecca Nicholls

Dr Rebecca Nicholls

ERC Post-doctoral Research Fellow

D.Phil (Oxford), MSci, BA (Hons) (Cambridge)

Short Bio

I completed my D.Phil. at the Oxford University Department of Materials in 2006 under the supervision of Professor David Cockayne FRS, Dr Duc Nguyen-Manh, and Dr David Pankhurst. My thesis, entitled ‘Electron energy loss spectroscopy of fullerene materials’, combined experimental EELS with DFT simulations to study fullerene crystals. I was then employed as a postdoctoral researcher at Oxford Materials to extend my thesis work to more complex systems including peapod materials. From 2010 to 2012, I was a researcher co-investigator on an EPSRC funded grant ‘Modelling and quantitative interpretation of electron energy-loss spectra using novel density functional theory methods’.

My research focuses on the electronic structure and chemical composition of materials. I am interested in using both experiment and theory to solve problems, and have used the approach to study a wide range of materials from yttria nanoparticles to carbon peapods. I am one of the authors of the OptaDOS code.